Teeing-off in this glorious May weather?

Golf ballThank you to everyone who made our Spinal Health Week 2014 fantastic. Our wellness nutrition seminar was well attended and many first time visitors took advantage of our complementary spinal check and report!

In September last year I shared a post about Golf and Chiropractic that that discussed common golf injuries and how Chiropractic can help treat and prevent those injuries.

With Sydney’s autumn being more like summer for the past two weeks, and winter nowhere in sight, I thought I’d share some more golf tips for those of you taking advantage of this glorious May weather!

Tips for Avoiding Back Pain from Golf

Simple preventive steps can go a long way in preventing low back pain in golfers.

  • Make sure your club fits your body. A club that is too long or short can wreak havoc with your spine
  • Treat golf like you might treat running – not as a weekend athlete, but someone who plays the sport two or three times a week every week. This will prevent the “de-conditioning” of your muscles that occurs between golf sessions that makes you more susceptible to injury. Avoid golf sprees ! Don’t play five times in one week and none the next.
  • Push the golf cart. Don’t pull it.
  • Use a long putter during one round. This will decrease stress on the spine.
  • If you’re carrying a golf bag, choose one that has a dual backpack strap.
  • Lose any excess weight before you start the sport.

You can read more about preventing back pain due to golf here.

A chiropractor can ensure you’re using proper body mechanics to prevent back injuries from golf and everyday activities. Chiropractors can also keep your spine properly aligned to reduce your risk of herniated discs and pain from osteoarthritis.

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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Spinal Health Week at Chiropractic Central

Chiropractic Central's Dr Sarah MacNeil

Chiropractic Central’s Dr Sarah MacNeil

With Spinal Health week just a week away, I thought I’d let you know what we’re planning next week and share some more information with you about back pain.

Wellness nutrition class:

To celebrate Spinal Health Week, Chiropractic Central is hosting a Wellness nutrition class at 10.30am on Tuesday 20th of May. Please speak to Tara on 9418 9031 to book your place. 

Complimentary Spinal Check-ups:

I’ll also be offering complimentary spinal check-ups with a complete report throughout the week. Please ring Tara to book an appointment. 

Back Pain?

Unfortunately, back pain is one of the top three causes of disability in Australia. Back pain is a common ailment for North Shore residents and one in eleven residents can be expected to have back problems this year. Seeing a chiropractor can help reduce back pain and correct posture.

“Improving our postural fitness, such as not sitting down for too long, sitting correctly, and using proper techniques when bending or lifting can help to avoid damage to your spine,” Dr MacNeil said. “Proper posture keeps everything in its natural position which reduces wear and tear of joints and relieves stress, improves health and enhances your appearance.”

5 ways to improve your posture:

  • Try standing when you’re on the phone for extended periods
  • During meetings take regular stretch breaks
  • While you’re working at your computer take short breaks to stretch and stand
  • Check and adjust your position regularly
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator where possible

To book for our free wellness nutrition class at 10.30am on Tuesday 20th of May and/or book your complimentary spinal check-up, contact Chiropractic Central on 9418 9031 or email adminlc@chiropracticcentral.com.au

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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We’ve Got Your Back for Spinal Health Week

Chiropractic Central's Dr Sarah MacNeil

Chiropractic Central’s Dr Sarah MacNeil

Today, the 1st of May, is an appropriate date to officially acknowledge the launch of the theme for Spinal Health Week (May 19-25) Live Better, We’ve Got Your Back.

The population is living longer, so let’s live better.    Over a quarter of Australians are being forced into early retirement because of back or arthritic pain. Chronic back pain is one of the top three causes of disability in Australia. Forced early retirement can be devastating not only on your finances but the quality of your retirement years from experiencing physical pain. Retiring too early due to pain may be prevented by seeing a chiropractor and maintaining good postural fitness.

Postural fitness can prevent problems that may occur in your muscles, joints and ligaments, and it can also prevent potential injury. By building up core muscle strength and improving our postural fitness, we can protect and stabilise our spine. We can restore and maintain healthy spinal joints and mobility with chiropractic check-ups.

There are ways to improve our spinal health, such as avoiding sitting down for too long and sitting correctly. By using proper techniques when bending or lifting, you can avoid damage to your spine. Around the workplace, people should consider new ways to combat the problems from sitting down for too long.

Small changes that you can make to improve your postural fitness and limit time spent sitting include:

  • Parking or getting off transport further away from work
  • Taking the stairs where possible
  • Stand up while on the phone for long periods
  • Remember to take regular breaks from sitting and stretch or walk around
  • Introduce walking meetings instead of sitting around a table
  • Remember to check and adjust your sitting posture regularly

SittingFactsStrip4I often get asked how to sit right at a computer desk, so the CAA developed widget Sit RIght we featured in April is a great resource. Tara is using it in our office and definitely appreciates the friendly reminders to get up and move.

At home it’s important for everyone to be aware of their posture, especially children and teenagers. Last year I wrote about this subject on our blog. While playing video games or watching TV, children tend to sit with their head and chin forward which jams the top part of the neck joints. Symptoms of prolonged screen time include visual impairment, headaches and a variety of physical pains including low back pain and repetitive strain. Children are four and a half times more likely to have a daily TV habit than a daily physical habit.

  •  The longer children sit, the harder it is for them to hold themselves up properly
  • Games that get kids out of their seats and moving around are the best types of games
  • For non-motion games, regardless of whether it is a hand-held device such as a Nintendo DS or an iPad/table or mobile phone, parents and kids should make sure that time limits are set for a break and a good stretch

An active spine is a healthy spine and a healthy spine leads to a healthier life. Why not use Spinal Health Week to make an appointment with Chiropractic Central to assess your postural fitness.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Dr Sarah MacNeil

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